Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's operas comprise 22 musical dramas in a variety of genres. They range from the small-scale, derivative works of his youth to the full-fledged operas of his maturity. Three of the works were abandoned before completion and were not performed until many years after the composer's death. His mature works are all considered classics and have never been out of the repertory of the world's opera houses.
From a very young age Mozart had, according to opera analyst David Cairns, "an extraordinary capacity [...] for seizing on and assimilating whatever in a newly encountered style (was) most useful to him". In a letter to his father, dated 7 February 1778, Mozart wrote, "As you know, I can more or less adopt or imitate any kind and style of composition". He used this gift to break new ground, becoming simultaneously "assimilator, perfector and innovator". Thus, his early works follow the traditional forms of the Italian opera seria and opera buffa as well as the German Singspiel. In his maturity, according to music writer Nicholas Kenyon, he "enhanced all of these forms with the richness of his innovation", and, in Don Giovanni, he achieved a synthesis of the two Italian styles, including a seria character in Donna Anna, buffa characters in Leporello and Zerlina, and a mixed seria-buffa character in Donna Elvira.
The dresses worn by the heroines of Mozart’s opera, like Donna Anna’s dress in the final act, play on the dialog between ink stains and blank pages, creating a bauble that reflects the entire lit-up opera tree, so to speak ... Mozart created two male characters in this opera who are nebekhs (unfortunates).
at 806-770-2000 or visit selectaseatlubbock.comTexas Tech Opera presents 'Don Giovanni'. Texas Tech Opera Theatre brings Mozart’s masterpiece "Don Giovanni" to life at 7 p.m ... He is the legendary Don Juan, or as Mozart created him, Don Giovanni ... with TTU Opera as the Commendatore.
THE great child prodigies of music history are usually reckoned to be Mendelssohn and Mozart. But an even greater one was Erich Korngold, who had a ballet and two operas premiered in Vienna while he was a teenager and could well have become the leading Austrian composer of his time but for the rise of 1930s anti-Semitism.
To wit ... After a gap of several years, and for the first time since the pandemic, the orchestra has slated a fully staged opera production. First came Mozart’s “Le Nozze de Figaro,” then “Cosi Fan Tutte” and “Don Giovanni.” Now, at last, comes Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” in a production directed by Nikolaus Habjan ... 7 ... 21-24 ... Mozart ... Mozart ... Mozart ... Mozart.
From working-class family life to the grueling history of pioneers who arrived on the Midwest prairie, Sharon Chmielarz’s poetry spans time and place ... New and Selected Poems” (Nodin Press, $19.95). Chmielarz will host a launch party for the book at 2 p.m ... S., Mpls ... “The OtherMozart” was made into an opera ... Listening to him ... Rev ... .